AMSTERDAM – Text messages sent to and from mobile phones will more than double over the next five years to 2.3 trillion messages sent by 2010, a survey said on Tuesday.
The number of messages transmitted over short message service (SMS) systems in 2005 was estimated at 936 billion, according to British market research group Gartner.
Total revenues from text messaging is forecast to grow to $72.5 billion in 2010 from $39.5 billion in 2005.
“By far the most messages will continue to be sent in the Asia Pacific region, where Gartner predicts the level of SMS messages will top 1.8 trillion in 2010,” it said in a statement.
“Wireless messaging is the most successful mainstream mobile data service to have emerged during the 30-year history of the cellular telecoms industry,” it added.
Gartner said new messaging services are needed, including instant messaging, picture messaging and video messaging, but they would only match the popularity of SMS if they are simple to use and affordable, which are the reasons behind SMS success.